1952 Chevrolet Deluxe 4dr Sedan Blue
216.5 cid, 6, 92 bhp

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“Brilliantly new, excitingly new in many wonderful ways” is how General Motors described the new 1952 Chevrolet in their advertising, but this marketing may have exaggerated the truth. Many Chevy fans and other potential customers had questions about the new Chevy since this year was only another minor facelift to a body design that started in 1949. New and brighter body colors, as well as upgrades in upholstery, were added for a slightly different appearance. The addition of five teeth to the grille along with a wider park light look, made it possible to distinguish the 1952 from years before, but designating this vehicle as “new, exciting, and wonderful” is a dubious description, even for the diehard Chevrolet enthusiast.

Advertised as “America’s most beautiful low-priced car” the 1952 Chevrolet Styleline was basically unchanged except for slight trim revisions.

Mechanically, the 1952 Chevy was not new; Fleetline and Styline were continued, with the Fleetline offering the same 216 cid “stove bolt 6″ with solid lifters, followed by Styline that had the option of a “power glide” that sported the 235 cid with hydraulic lifters. 1952 was the last year of the fastback (sometimes referred to as a “torpedo back”). Proud owners left the showroom with one of the 1952 models with a cash outlay from $1,500 to $1,750, depending on the model chosen.

Chevrolet was touted as “the only fine car in the low priced field” and was supported by loyal owners. Chevrolet remained number one in sales with over 818,000 for the year. Indeed, Chevy was successful despite the fact that sales were also controlled by the federal government due to the Korean War.